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Koh Elaine
Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 9:07:57 AM
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On 1 January this year, we had set a goal of converting 20 persons for the year 2017.

On 1 January this year, we set a goal of converting 20 persons for the year 2017.

Which verb should I use, "set" or "had set"?

Thanks.
NancyUK
Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 10:14:27 AM

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Hi Koh Elaine

One is past perfect, and one is simple past.

The past perfect tense expresses the idea that something occurred before another action in the past. It can also show that something happened before a specific time in the past.

The simple past tense is used to express completed actions. Its structure is simply the past-tense form of the verb.

Which is needed here?

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NKM
Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 5:42:07 PM

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The simple past ("set") is more appropriate than "had set" in this sentence.

Koh Elaine
Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 10:28:57 PM
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Thanks, Nancy and NKM.

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